Mike Leach, head football coach at Texas Tech, has been
forced to walk the plank suspended by the school following a complaint made by a student-athlete and his parents. More specifically, according to Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel, "The school is investigating a complaint from a player and his parents regarding Leach’s treatment of the athlete after an injury."
Leach will not coach in Saturday's Alamo Bowl against Michigan State; those duties will be handled by defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeil, who will be the Interim Head Coach.
The school has released an official statement:
Texas Tech University recently received a complaint from a player and his parents regarding Red Raider Head Football Coach Mike Leach’s treatment of the athlete after an injury.
At Texas Tech all such complaints are considered as serious matters, and as a result, an investigation of the incident is underway. Until the investigation is complete, Texas Tech University is suspending coach Leach from all duties as Head Football Coach effective immediately. The investigation into this matter will continue in a thorough and fair manner.
Coach Ruffin McNeill will assume duties as Interim Head Coach and will coach the team during the Alamo Bowl.
The decision to take these actions was made in consultation with the Texas Tech University president, and the Texas Tech University System chancellor, and Board of Regents chairman and vice chairman.
Because this is a personnel matter no further comment will be forthcoming.
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